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'Salem's Lot Paperback – September 24, 2013
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"Spine-tingling fiction at its best." --Grand Rapids Press
"A master storyteller." --The Los Angeles Times
"An unabashed chiller." --Austin American Statesman
“[The] most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.” —USA Today
“’Salem’s Lot was—and still is—a hugely impressive novel. . . . It’s the slowest of slow burns, all hints and drip-feed. . . . When the chaos finally unfolds, it’s a real payoff.” —The Guardian (London)
“A super exorcism...tremendous.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A novel of chilling, unspeakable evil.” —Chattanooga Times
“[King is] . . . the guy who probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.” —Entertainment Weekly
“Stephen King has built a literary genre of putting ordinary people in the most terrifying situations. . . . he’s the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door.” —The Boston Globe
“Peerless imagination.” —The Observer (London)
About the Author
Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are 11/22/63; Full Dark, No Stars; Under the Dome; Just After Sunset; Duma Key; Lisey’s Story; Cell; and the latest novel in the Dark Tower saga: The Wind Through the Keyhole. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, is also a bestseller. He was the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007, he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He lives in Maine with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.
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In the sleepy Maine town of Jerusalem's Lot, an evil lurks below the surface of a seemingly charming small town. Then, when strange new visitors arrive, nothing will ever be the same. And not all of the monsters are of the blood sucking variety...
As with most good books, I don't want to spoil the plot anymore. Other than the book is a modern-day retelling (When it was written that is, which was 1975. It was King's 2nd novel.) of the first and one of the best Horror novels "Dracula". So, it's definitely worth it if you read "Dracula" first before you touch this book.
As for the character's , they aren't cardboard cutouts. They are all deep. And the amazing thing about King's writing ability, is that he is able to have a big cast of characters, and make them all deep, and make you empathize, and he is even able to make the horrid characters believable, rather than clichéd caricatures. This reason is just one of the many than make "'Salem's Lot" brilliant, and relevant today.
This book should not be missed.
Overall, I give this 4 out of 5 stars!
Note: This book is not for the squeamish.